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urbandinerVancouverSince October 30, 200831 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3.2)
  • Food3 (3.2)
  • Service3 (3)
  • Value3.5 (3.3)
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Q4 Ristorante2563 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great Pasta Night Specials
Submitted Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

We have not been to the newer location of Q4 since it moved. When we heard about their Mon/Tues pasta specials we decided to give the restaurant a visit. We were very glad that we did. The restaurant décor is bright, clean and elegant. The service was friendly and professional. Our server had some good recommendations. The caprese salad starters were very fresh and flavourful. Two of us had the seafood linguine which was delicious and chock full of salmon,squid and prawns. The mushroom ravioli was also given a thumbs up. The only pasta dish that was not as good as it could have been was the chicken in brandy sauce as it was deemed too salty. The servings were ample too. Great food, service, location and price point. Will return.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Beautiful Yaletown location, great food and service
Submitted Saturday, August 17, 2013 - 11:32am [Dine in]

Hadn't been to the Keg for sometime now but glad we decided to last week at the Yaletown location. We were lucky enough to snag one of the tables upstairs on the beautiful covered rooftop patio. The service was efficient and friendly. The prime rib was done to perfection, medium rare as requested, juicy and tender. The twice baked potatoes with bacon are equally delicious. Some members of the party had the lobster cobb salad and ribs which were also good. Considering the ample serving portions the price point is very reasonable. All in all a great dining experience and will certainly return sooner than later.

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Ticket, The808 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Terrible service
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2012 - 11:06am [Dine in]

The service throughout the whole meal was terrible. We had reservations for 7pm which they could not find on their system initially and then had to wait another 15 minutes before our table was ready. Once we were ready to order our appetizers we had to try and flag a server down to take our orders ( getting several bus boys etc. to help us). Order being taken it took an excrutiating long time to get them. We were then told that our 2 appetizers were given to the wrong table ( how coincidental that another table had the exact same appetizers as we did?) The server said she prompted the kitchen and they would be out in a couple of minutes--not so, more like 15min. As mentioned before in reviews, only 2 small pieces of dried baguette to soak up some sauce from the prawn appetizer. If more bread was needed there would be charge of $2! The server offered to bring more because we had waited so long. That never showed up and we did not bother to ask for it either as we were well past finishing the appetizer. This first fiasco took over an hour.

Again we had to flag down the server to take our the order for our second course. Thankfully the prime rib was superb and cooked to perfection. Lamb shank ok. Desserts which were made for sharing were good but not stellar. Also, we were not given proper utensils or plates that we could share with but we made do.

Altogether there were 4 of us dining on a Groupon. I had been here before when it was Players Chop House, The menu has changed slightly but for the most part a lot of the items remain the same. The strong point of the menu is the prime rib. Previously when I dined here the service was great. We were being asked on a regular basis how everything was going and the timing of the meals were well paced. The restaurant was not as busy as it was on this occasion. However, being busy is no excuse for poor service. If management knows from the reservation list how full the restaurant is going to be , they should be prepared for this. I had brought friends who had never been to this restaurant before and was extremely embarassed. I doubt that they would ever consider returning. Sad, as being involved in a Groupon promotion is a good chance to promote the restaurant but not when presented with such a bad experience.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna1481 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good food but very slow service
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

Looks like it's a common thread with all the reviews about this restaurant. The food is very good and not as greasy as can be at some other Greek establishments. The salads were clean and crisp. The lamb shoulder, lean and tender, the moussaka, moist and full of meat and veg. Servings were very ample and included the usual roasted potatoes, rice and pita ( which is not the usual pan fried but baked, beautifully presented warm and soft). As you can read, the food was excellent.

However, the service is incredibly slow and there is no acknowledgement from the staff or apologies about it. In fact, they seem to deliberately not look at you as they pass by so as not to have to answer whether you could order or when you will be getting your order.

Food definitely worth returning for but only if you have lots of time to spare!

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Transylvania Flavour2120 West Broadway, Vancouver
Great food and service
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 11:54am [Dine in]

We had a wonderful experience and dined on a Groupon deal. Unlike one of the previous reviewers, we were given the best of service. It was friendly and informative. The hostess made us feel truly welcomed. The food was really good and different.

We started with the polenta croquettes, a meal in itself, despite the fact it was meant for sharing. They were done in a very light batter drizzled with a sour cream and roasted pepper mixture-very delicate and tasty. I had the lamb shank and my partner the chicken dracula. Again very tasty. Shared dessert of the apple tower was very good also. Lots of apples with a good helping of ice cream all layered in a fried wafer type of pastry.

All in all it was delicious and the servings ample. Will definitely return for the service and the food.

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Sala Thai888 Burrard, #102, Vancouver
Good first experience
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Tried this place for the first time because of a VanEats coupon. Glad we did. The menu was very adequate and very tasty. Always like the VanEats deals they put together. The food is just as they present it. The flavours of all the food was delicious. Service was very good. Our water glasses were constantly being refilled for us and the dishes came out at a very good pace. Our server "lin"was most gracious. Great overall experience.

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Pear Tree, The4120 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Exquisite fine dining!
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Simply put the Pear Tree is one of the finest restaurants in town. The tasting menu we had was exquisite. The flavours were all so well balanced and the presentation was very pleasing. The service superb also. Well done Chef Jaeger and staff! We had dined at the Pear many years ago and have not returned since. Big mistake as this is definitely a must go to restaurant despite it's location.

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Steamworks Brewing Company375 Water Street, Vancouver
disappointing mediocre food and bad service
Submitted Friday, May 18, 2012 - 5:16pm [Dine in]

Went for lunch and the only thing good about the whole meal was the beer. The rest of the meal was very disappointing. Firstly, we ordered the shrimp and mango salad, which we were subsequently told they no longer have on the menu. Why not cross it off the menu or mention it from the beginning when presenting the menu? Also then the server told us of 3 more items that were not available. We then had to rethink our order. The yam fries were cold and soggy (seems to be a pattern here). The deep fried fish in the tacos were cold and overbattered. One of us had asked for orange pekoe tea and server brought earl grey. When we told her that is not what we ordered she replied that this was the only black tea they had. Why not say so at the beginning instead of just bringing it? All in all very inattentive service and not so great food.

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G-Be Izakaya4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby
Unbelievably disorganized slow dinner!
Submitted Monday, February 27, 2012 - 12:37pm [Dine in]

Without a doubt this has been one of the most frustrating meals that I have gone to. A group of us decided to try the hot pot special.

Service: The timing of the meal was absolutely dreadful. We started with our first order of items for the hot pot which came out slowly but in an acceptable amount of time. As we decided that we did not want to waste any food and not knowing the portion sizes, we ordered sparingly. Having finished our first selections we then ordered some more items. This is when the meal started to fall apart. Our second selections did not come out for an hour!!! Totally unacceptable. Needless to say, they dared not enforce their 90 minute time limit! The servers themselves were very pleasant and tried to be as helpful as possible. They kept refilling our water pot and the soup base which, of course, kept reducing because of the long wait. The fault was obviously with the kitchen. How long does it take to chop up raw veg., sliced meats etc. that is being sent out for the diner to cook themselves?

Food: The only saving thing about this whole evening was that what food that did come out was acceptable. Although you can't go too far wrong with chopped veg., sliced frozen meats, and tofu.

Ambience: The restaurant itself is pleasantly appointed. However, another thing that just added to the disappointment for the evening is that a tradesman was in full sight patching and painting a wall in the restaurant while diners were there!

This bad experience will not have me coming back. We all came out so frustrated after a 3 hour dinner!

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Hawksworth Restaurant801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Hawksworth lives upto his reputation
Submitted Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Food:Wonderfully innovative DOV menu. Sturgeon (with chorizo broth ) and dessert of coconut lime pannacotta were a special hit. Everything was well presented and serving sizes ample. Loved the whole dining experience.

Service : Prompt and friendly. Water glasses refilled constantly. Meal was paced weill and we did not feel rushed even thought it was DOV.

Ambience: was lively and not overly noisy as reported by some diners and certainly no blaring music to detract from dinner conversations. Perhaps it depends on the area of the restaurant that you are in.

Overall: Definitely worth returning to.

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Teahouse Restaurant, The7501 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Great DOV lunch
Submitted Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Food: Went for DOV lunch. The three course menu was very good although the salmon duo appetizer and apple galette dessert were seriously small even for a lunch menu. The mains, however, were wonderful. The lamb shanks meaty and tender. Duck confit was one of the best I've had for a while with a wonderfully crispy skin.

Service: was stretched, probably because it was the first day of DOV and they didn't seem prepared for the number of tables. It appeared that there were only 2 main servers with a couple of auxillary staff for the whole restaurant. The order for the next table was brought to us by mistake. Our server "leon"tried very hard despite being shorthanded and we appreciated his efforts.

Ambiance: The setting is beautiful. It is also delightful to be able to hold a conversation without music blasting away. Even though the music is subdued it still provided for a lively ambiance .

Overall: Always enjoy coming here. The food is consistently good and the price point very fair for a restaurant of its class.

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Players Chophouse Restaurant and Lounge808 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Good experience overall
Submitted Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:28pm [Dine in]

Had not tried this place before and reading previous reviews had us wondering whether to go or not. However, when a Living Social deal came up decided we would give it a try as the menu appealed to us.

Service: was excellent. Our server Kelly and the rest of the staff were always checking on us to make sure everything was good, water refilled constantly, and dirty plates removed promptly. Everytime one of the staff walked by they made sure to check the table to see if anything was needed. The restaurant was not particularly busy for a Saturday night so don't know what the service would be like on a busier night.

Food: we had the set coupon menu which was very good. The starters we had of prawn cocktail consisted of 5 large crunch prawns. Not mushy as can tend to be. My partner and I both chose the prime rib which turned out to be a generous 8 oz.+ portion. We asked for medium rare and got medium rare which was perfect. Nicely done yorkshire pudding with a fair amount of vegetables. Dessert was creme brulee which as good enough. All in all was a great dinner. However, I think that the prices that are charged regularly are probably the biggest deterrent for most diners.

Atmosphere: very nice the evening we were there, although wouldn't want to be there as mentioned by other reviewers when there is a game on. Hard to compete as as fine dining establishmet when there are TV screens all around. Think the restaurant needs to rethink their marketing as to what kind of diner they want to cater to and look at their price points accordingly.

Overall: Good experience.

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C Restaurant1600 Howe Street, #2, Vancouver
Resting on their laurels
Submitted Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

Have been to C numerous times but feel that they are resting on their reputation these days.

Service: The last few times dining there the service has been lacking in one way or another. One time it was very slow as there was a big function going on. We didn't get our bread until we asked for it (and still waited for a long time) and water was not refilled. At times certain servers can be rather pretentious.

Food: Thankfully this is always well executed.

Value: Compared to some other fine dining establishments that are now open in town, C is not great value for the money. Perhaps this is where it's Groupon promotions can give the diners a more acceptable reason to dine there.

Ambiance: Is good on the patio on a sunny afternoon. Inside is ok although the place does need some updating. The paint on the bottom of all the chair legs are peeled and look very unkept for a high-end restaurant.

As mentioned previously, with the plethora of fine dining around town these days, I'll need some more reasons to return.

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Tramonto8811 River Rd., Richmond
Great service but pricey
Submitted Monday, September 19, 2011 - 2:17pm [Dine in]

Decided to try this restaurant because of a Groupon promotion. Didn't know what to expect from a casino restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised.

Service: this was outstanding. Our server was absolutely charming.

Ambience: very nicely appointed room with views out to the Fraser River. Restaurant is fairly small and intimate.

Food: Some dishes were very good--chicken stuffed with goat cheese and pistachio nuts, green salad starter. Osso Bucco disappointing in that it was rather bland although very meaty. Desserts were good.

Price: very expensive as most mains start at $35+ which is even more expensive then some of the more established and noteworthy restaurants in town.

Would return only if there was another promotion as overall it is good but not at the present price point.

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Cento Notti350 Davie Street, Inside OPUS Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver
Outstanding food, terrible decor
Submitted Monday, June 6, 2011 - 11:29pm [Dine in]

I agree with the former reviewer. The decor did not work. Their attempt at contemporary clean and perhaps edgy design was not well executed. The chairs look like cheap fold out party chairs for a lawn party.

Food: was very good. We have not dined out at this restaurant since it closed down as the Elixir. The reason being every time we walked by the decor was rather uninviting. We bought a Groupon for their 3 course lunch menu and are very glad that we did. The food turned out to be very good and of course was an excellent value with the Groupon.

Ambiance: None and as previously mentioned had it not been for the promotion I would have still continually passed on by without going in. I would not recommend having a supper in such a non desript surrounding but because the food that I experienced at lunch was good I would consider returning for lunch only.

Service was friendly but very slow the day I was there for lunch. Seemed a little disorganized and perhaps not enough staff or inexperienced staff.

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Via Veneto Ristorante Italiano656 West Broadway, Vancouver
Classy and good Italian dining
Submitted Monday, April 4, 2011 - 9:53pm [Dine in]

This has been our second visit to the restaurant since owner Manlio relocated from his former Yaletown
Amacord. We were very pleased to see that he has retained the same good food and ambience.

Food: Each time we have gone the meals have been excellent. On our last visit the daily special appetizer of veal liver pate laced with gorgonzola ( as strange a combination as it may sound ) was delicious. The avocado and shrimp salad was also very good. Our mains of pasta with Italian sausage and seafood linguine were equally well prepared. The pasta was al dente.

Service: Manlio and his staff are always very attentive and make special efforts to see that one has a true dining experience. No pretentions as the previous reviewer mentioned which is appreciated. Just very friendly, efficient and professional service.

Value: Good price point for the quality and quantity of food. Very competitive

Ambience: The decor is peaceful and classy, a trademark of Manlio's dining philosophy. It's a pleasure to be able to have a restaurant where the music provides gentle background without being intrusive.

A must try for those who appreciate fine Italian dining.

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Dougiedog Hot Dog Joint1011 Granville Street, Vancouver
Best Hot Dogs Ever!
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

These hot dogs are really good. Way better than Japadogs! The buns were really fresh and not mealy. We tried the Mushroom Swiss Melt( fresh mushrooms, melted cheese) and Rueben (sauerkraut, bratwurst,melted swiss) and both were equally good. We like the fact that the the dogs are all natural without preservatives. Also the weiners had a nice crunch to them.

The owner and staff are super friendly and helpful. The premises were very clean also.

Will certainly return to try some of the other offerings.

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Hub Restaurant and Lounge1165 Mainland Street, #102, Vancouver
Solid comfort food with medium price point
Submitted Monday, March 22, 2010 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

With all the pricey restaurants that overshadow Yaletown it is refreshing to have a neighbourhood restaurant that offers good food at a price point that is not so hard on the pocket-book.

As noted the food was well prepared and presented. Service was very friendly. Was there for brunch and the music volume was very tolerable It still maintained a vibrant atmosphere without the deafening din of the chains like Earls and Cactus Club.

Really enjoyed my brunch. Will return for sure.

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Twisted Fork Bistro1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
Great bistrot food and solid service
Submitted Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Read some good reviews and decided to try the Tuesday night mussel and frites special. The mussels were very fresh and sweet done in a white cream sauce. The sauce could have been a tad lighter but overall the dish was very satisfactory, especially for the special price of $8. My partner opted for the 3 course $25 offering. There are several choices for the appetizer and main course plus any item off the dessert menu. For starters, he chose the butternut squash soup which was excellent. The entree of lamb shank with polenta and vegetables was very moist and tender. The poached pear and fig with mascarpone cheese was divine. The warm crusty buns which accompanied the meals were also delicious.

We were very impressed with the service which was very friendly and attentive.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very warm and inviting. Also, the music level was just right, not so noisy so that you can't even have a decent conversation over dinner.

We will definitely return. Would really like to try their special set Sunday menu. Overall, excellent food, good value and great service.

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Sanafir1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good food and excellent service
Submitted Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 9:33am [Dine in]

Unlike the previous diner we had the best service that we have had for some time now at any restaurant. I must add that we have frequented many restaurants in town. The service from the greeting by the hostess Emily and our server Elin were excellent from the very start. The rest of the staff was great also. Food arrived promptly. Lost count on how many times my water glass was filled without asking. Table was cleared in a timely manner yet we never felt rushed. Everyone was very attentive and pleasant.

We dined on the BC Hydro Power Smart Candlelight evening. All the entrees and sharing platters were on half price which made the meal very good value for the money! We started with the naan bread and duck confit salad , both suggested by our server, and turned out to be very good. . The sharing platter we had consisted of lamb, calamari, prawns, chicken, ribs and rice was ample for the two of us. It was deicious. We were very full and decided to try only one dessert to share--bake cardamon yogurt. Very light and yummy. Next time will have to save room to try some others as they have a special price for 3 different selections.

The atmosphere for this evening was very enjoyable. The candle-lit environment was not too dark for us. Very nice mood.

All in all we really had a great experience at this restaurant. It has the same polish as all of the Glowbal group of restaurants. They don;'t seem to disappoint . We certainly would return again.

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